How to get a tax refund in Korea
Updated in 2019! The updated methods for receiving a tax refund in Korea! How to get a tax refund from the airport and in the city
3 months ago
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
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#Korea Tax Refund #2019 #Instruction
#Airport Tax Refund #Seoul City Tax Refund
#Incheon Airport #Tax Refund Location


You need to know how to file for a sales tax refund if you are planning to shop in Korea.

In this post, Creatrip will cover how to get a tax refund, which method to choose, and how much does it cost to file. 

There are two ways to get a refund - either from Incheon Airport or in Seoul.




2019 Korea Tax Refund:1.Instruction

If you read this chart for the first time, you might get confused. It doesn't matter. If you go over this chart several times, you will get the hang of it soon.


2019 Korea Tax Refund:2. Tax exemption for Duty-Free


Duty-Free price does not include the tariff on the import of goods. Two major duty-free shops in Korea are the ones in department stores and the airport. If you show your passport and the return flight ticket at the duty-free checkout, you are instantly eligible for a tax exemption. But did you know there is a restriction on spending at department store duty-free shops? 

Basically, the unit price of any item purchased from department store duty-free shops cannot exceed NT$20,000. If you spend more than the baseline, I would suggest you claim your goods at the customs (keep the receipt and invoice, and make sure the item is remaining sealed). Many people do not violate this regulation. Make sure you understand the rules before you spend.



2019 Korea Tax Refund:3. On-site exemption (return) Tax Free


On-site Tax Refund

  • Consumption Amount:₩30,000 to ₩300,000
  • During the time of entry to Korea, the total amount spent should be less than ₩1,000,000


On-site Tax Refund

  • The amount of spending exceeding ₩30,000 less than ₩300,000 can be refunded on-site. You need to show your passport to get an instant tax exemption.

Applicable places: some supermarkets, businesses, department stores.

On-site tax refund remarks

  • If the amount of the purchase is between ₩300,000 and ₩1,000,000 during your stay in Korea, you can only get the tax refund at the airport.


On-site tax refund explanation

  • Many articles on the Internet say that the maximum amount of tax exemption is only ₩200,000. Why do I say ₩300,000 in this article? This information was given by the official South Korean customs department in June. The on-site tax exemption amount is ₩300,000.
  • If you spend more than ₩300,000, ask the cashier about the specific tax refund instruction upon checkout. Or inquire within the airport tax refund center yourself.

Taiwan-South Korea flight baggage regulations | Click here!




2019 Korea Tax Refund:4. Airport (City) Tax Refund



Airport Tax Refund:1. Airport Machine Self-Service Tax Refund

  • The tax refund amount is less than ₩75,000 Goods do not need to go through the customs inspection


Airport Tax Refund:2. Airport Customs Inspection Tax Refund

  • The tax refund amount is greater than ₩75,000 Goods need to go through customs inspection

  • After going through the customs clearance, find customs tax rebate in the duty-free shop area.
  • Fill out the refund request form. After filing out the form, go to the customs for inspection.





City Tax Refund:1.  Restrictions and Areas

  • The tax refund amount is less than ₩75,000
  • Only in some parts of downtown
  • Tax-return documents should be submitted  at the airport
  • The credit card is required for a tax refund


The tax rebate in the city area of Korea is mainly available in the sightseeing places, and a credit card is required for a tax refund. Although the cash can be returned on the spot (the refund amount needs to be less than ₩75,000), the corresponding amount of tax refund amount will be held on your credit card temporarily (about 1.5 times).  After the confirmation is completed, the frozen amount in the credit card will be returned. 

The most important reminder: you must leave South Korea within 20 to 25 days after the tax return (You must not in the country when your tax rebate request form is processed by the customs department).





City tax refund locations | Click here!




2019 Korea Tax Refund:5. Incheon Airport Tax Refund


Self-service tax refund for airport machines (refund amount less than ₩75,000)

  1. Tax refund machine, Checked baggage counters
  2. Incheon Airport Terminal 1:B, D, J, L
  3. Incheon Airport Terminal 2:C, D
  4. Customs clearance (passing security check, entering duty-free shops) 
  5. Those who have already received tax refunds in the city area must keep the stamped receipts. For the airport customs inspection refund (the refund amount is higher than ₩75,000), bring the items on board with you.

Airport Customs inspection refund (the refund amount is higher than ₩75,000)

  • Check items whether if they can be carried on board with you

  1. Tax refund machines and the checked baggage area 
  2. Customs clearance (passing the security check, entering duty-free shops)
  3. checking and receiving money at the customs counters





  • Check the items to see if they can be taken on board

  1. For the checked baggage and customs clearance inquiries, go to 
  2. Incheon Airport terminal 1 : D area, Check-in desk area
  3. Incheon Airport Terminal 2: D and E,  Check-in desk area (pass security check, enter duty-free shop area), receive the refund according to instruction



If you come to the customs counter out of the opening hours (for early morning and late night flights), please put the relevant tax refund materials into the refund box.

After a certain period of time, the refund amount will be remitted to your credit card or bank account (please fill in the relevant information carefully). However, there are no refund counters at Jeju and Busan Gimhae Airport if you visit the refund counters out of the opening hours. Please pay attention.




2019 Korea Tax Refund:6. Other airport tax refund locations

Incheon Airport 27 boarding gate

 


Gimpo Airport 36 boarding gate

 

Jeju Airport

 


Daegu Airprot

1


 Busan-Gimahe Airport

 




2019 Korea Tax Refund:7. Korea tax refund amount

Orange Tax Free
₩30,000 to ₩49,999₩2,000
₩50,000 to ₩74,999₩3,000
₩75,000 to ₩99,999₩5,000
₩100,000 to ₩124,999₩7,000
₩125,000 to ₩149,999₩8,000
₩150,000 to ₩174,999₩9,000
₩175,000 to ₩199,999₩10,000
₩200,000 to ₩224,999₩12,000


Blue Tax Free
₩30,000 to ₩49,999₩1,500
₩50,000 to ₩74,999₩3,500
₩75,000 to ₩99,999₩5,000
₩100,000 to ₩124,999₩6,500
₩125,000 to ₩149,999₩8,000
₩150,000 to ₩174,999₩9,500
₩175,000 to ₩199,999₩11,000
₩200,000 to ₩224,999₩12,500


Red Tax Reward
₩30,000 to ₩49,999₩2,000
₩50,000 to ₩74,999₩3,000
₩75,000 to ₩99,999
₩5,000
₩100,000 to ₩124,999₩6,000
₩125,000 to ₩149,999₩8,000
₩150,000 to ₩174,999₩9,000
₩175,000 to ₩199,999₩10,000
₩200,000 to ₩224,999₩12,000




2019 Korea Tax Refund:8. Instruction


Korean tax rebate: duty free shop

Show your passport to checkout to get the item for a tax-free price, there is no after-tax refund
You must be note that the amount of the purchased item has reached the reporting standard.

Korean tax rebate: the tax refund amount is less than ₩75,000
Look for a self-service tax refund machine in the city.


Find: file for a tax refund, collect the money, exit the country and then receive the remaining reufund

1.  Receive a tax refund
2. File a refund on the tax refund machine in the city
3. Credit card guarantee
4. Receive a tax refund

5. Save the document to the airport and and prove your purchase again.


Make sure you keep all the documents, and show them at the airport to receive a refund

Korean tax rebate: the tax refund amount is higher than ₩75,000
Can't refund tax in the city areas, nor can you file for a refund at the airport

Items can be in a hand-carry bag: get the customs clearance after exiting the country
Items can only be in a checked-in bag: show your item at the tax refund counter before exiting the country, then put in the check-in bag

After the inspection, receive the corresponding refund tax after the departure.







I hope you find the above Korean tax rebate information hlepful.

If you have any questions or you have found any errors, please leave us a comment. 

I will see you again in my next post.

3 reviews in total

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meilanfromTaipei
2 weeks ago
謝謝詳細的說明。 如樓下疑問: 4.再刷一次的意思-與市區退稅機台同樣,再拿護照及單據及同張信用卡在機場的退稅機台再同樣作業一次的意思嗎? 5.航空櫃檯報到前,拿著退稅物品及收據等到海關櫃檯蓋章後,再到航空櫃檯報到???
QueeeeenfromTaipei
3 weeks ago
想請問如果已經在市區退稅領到韓元了,退稅的金額低於75000,到機場之後要再刷一次,想問再刷一次是一樣到自助退稅的機器刷嗎?有點搞糊塗了~為什麼已經退完稅了,為什麼還要再ㄧ次呢?
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
3 weeks ago
您好,本頁面說明的部分是,若在市區退稅,除了領到錢之外,因為有信用卡做擔保,需要證明付費者已出境,因此必須要出境時再刷一次,做為二次確認。
Wendy CKHfromHong Kong
a month ago
我4天後出發首爾了!想請問一下如果沒有信用卡和支付寶,我還可以退稅嗎?
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
a month ago
機場現金退稅是可以的,但市區退稅一律需要信用卡做押金擔保。
YisofromSeoul
2 months ago
請問,目前人在韓國打工度假中,暫時還沒拿到登錄證(申請中)能夠在超市或百貨公司現場即時退稅?(並沒有計劃90天離境的打算)這樣1年後出境韓國會產生問題嗎
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
2 months ago
基本上持有[非]旅遊簽證的外國人,是不能退稅的唷,我們只能這樣用法條相關規則回答您。
MandyKok1992from말레이시아
3 months ago
请问,如果在首尔购物,可以在釜山机场退税?
MandyKok1992from말레이시아
3 months ago
我们是想要确认,哈哈,谢谢你喔!:)
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
3 months ago
可以的唷,退稅是連線的。
YahuangfromKaohsiung
3 months ago
妳好,想請問市區退稅時在機台用信用卡擔保,被刷了一筆費用,到機場也把單據都交給海關覆核,但海關很不耐煩刷了我的護照就說可以了,不收我的單據,我已回國一個月但擔保金還沒退耶??? 想請問知不知道大概多久會把擔保金退還呢?謝謝
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
3 months ago
這個...建議詢問韓國觀光公社。
Eileen W.
3 months ago
請問,在樂天超市刷卡消費,退稅金額低於₩75,000,已在結帳時現場扣掉,這樣還需要保存單據至機場,再刷一次單嗎?謝謝~(因為在機場有問過機場人員,是都說不用再刷單子)
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
3 months ago
不用呀,已經結完帳,也領到錢了(扣掉稅金方式結帳),是不用再檢查的。
Aggyfrom멜버른
4 months ago
请问如果有3张各4万单据已在市区內辦理退稅 那还需要出境前给海关先检查再拖运吗?
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
3 months ago
建議再看一次這篇文章最後的文字版退稅流程。如果你已經市區退稅完,退稅金額低於75000,就只要在機場刷單,不用再給海關檢查。這篇文章寫得很清楚了。
芝ChengfromTaipei
5 months ago
請問如果在仁川機場買東西是不是就不用管會不會超過100萬了?謝謝
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
5 months ago
免稅店就是你已經出關了,已經不是韓國範圍囉。另外,奢侈品買太多沒申報一樣被隨機抽到就是罰錢唷。
又文fromTaipei
6 months ago
超級無敵仔細~ 太猛了!!!感謝整理~~~